JAGAGBA, a drama of palace intrigues, begins a tour of performances at the Muson Centre in Lagos on the July 19 to 21 weekend.
Curtains on the first show open at 7pm, Friday July 19.
The winning entryinthis year’s edition of the Beeta Playwright competition, written by Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim, JAGAGBA is a take on leadership succession, whose plot reminds Lagos theatre followers of Fred Agbeyegbe’s palace thrillers of the 1980s, including The King Must Dance Naked, Woe Unto Death and The Last Omen.
The production at Muson is the beginning of a series round the country.
There were plans to stage the play at TerraKulture, but that seems to be shelved at the moment.
Instead, the play will be heading to several University campuses across the country, after the premiere performances at Muson.
With JAGAGBA, Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim beat nine other Finalists, includingShehuZock-Sock, RukeeEjigbo, Joshua Alabi, UbonlaAdenike, KehindeAdemoye, EkpenoUkut, KelvinmaryNdukwe, El OsasIyalekhue and Elias Ozikpu, who themselves emerged out of 348 entries from around the country.
The competition is sponsored by Union Bankand supported by WAPIC Insurance Plc, NIMASA, Terra Kulture, Olajide&Oyewole LLP and the British Council.